Program aims to help students skip the 'summer slide'

EUGENE, Ore. - This summer, middle school student Mia Madsen is going to school rather than sitting at home.

"I had a D in math, so I have to keep my brain going over the summer to get a better grade in 8th grade," Madsen said.

Madsen is taking part in the Summer Springboard program through Eugene 4J School District. The goal: prevent the "summer slide," where students lose months worth of math skills between school years.

"By coming here they get an hour and a half of math a day, 6 hours a week for 4 weeks, that's 24 hours," said Louise Bronaugh, director of the Summer Springboard program, "so that's quite a number of weeks of school that they're getting in math here."

Students like Nima Movassaghi are counting on it.

"I'm going into geometry next year, so for me personally it's kind of a jumpstart to some concepts we'll learn next year," he said.

It's not all math: the program includes physical education, plus an opportunity to social with other students.

The program continues through August 1 and is open to all students grades 6 through 9. The program costs $145 per week; some scholarships are available.